Interior trends for 2023 include maximalism and organic materials

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Interior trends for 2023 include maximalism and organic materials

Interiors will become stranger in 2023 with stronger colours, mushroom materials and less birch plywood, designers told Dezeen.

As the new year begins, Dezeen asked 12 interior designers and architects for their predictions for the interior design trends that will dominate in 2023.

Interiors to characterize maximalism and strangeness

British interior designers Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead of 2LG Studio believe that interior design will be wilder and weirder this year.

“This is a violent time we live in,” the duo told Dezeen. “There is anger in the world and design needs to reflect that dynamic and not shy away from it. The deco period has been important to design for several years and we are now looking to expressionism and cubism for bold inspiration.”

“Weirdness has always been there and we’ve always been here for it. Think Haas Brothers. But now it feels like we’re in such a wild historical moment that weird is becoming the norm. See Nicolas Devlin and Charlotte Kingsnorth.”

“When the world gets too weird to comprehend, the designs of the moment reflect it. Let’s all get weird and express our awesomeness.”

2LG Studio believes we’ll see more weirdness in design, like in this Haas Brothers project. Top image of Hotel Les Deux Gares by Luke Edward Hall

One of the overarching design trends this year appears to be maximalism, as the world gradually moves on from the more stripped-down interior designs that have been popular for the past two years.

“Last year there was a shift towards maximalism, experimenting with patterns and rich color schemes,” Sanchit Arora of New Delhi studio Renesa told Dezeen.

“This year, this trend will continue with a fresher fervor. There will be bold and forward-thinking designs that give increased personality to the space. For both commercial and residential areas, customers are opting for custom patterns and colors rather than opting for customizable products that fit just any space, but compromises to stand out.”

Stronger colors and prints will take center stage

While last year’s interiors often sported a discreet, natural color palette – as evidenced by the homes in our list of top 10 home interiors of 2022 – 2023, it looks like it’s colorful.

“I think I see, after a few years of mostly conservative approach to color, a more fresh and bold use of color,” Raúl Sánchez, founder of Barcelona studio Raúl Sánchez Architects, told Dezeen.

“We leave the harbor of neutral and step into a rainbow!” added interior designer Pallavi Dean of Roar.

“The safe beige, gray and white walls are on their way out and we are experimenting with bold shades and darker shades to add depth to the space,” she added.

“Tread carefully when choosing your shade; it can affect your mood and change your perception of the size of your space.”

Interior of Dreams store in Atwater Village
Different colors contrast each other in Adi Goodrich’s design for the Dreams store in Los Angeles

Spatial designer Adi Goodrich believes that the use of color will be particularly prominent in kitchen interiors.

“I think people are finally embracing color and will choose to redesign their kitchens in a wash of color,” she told Dezeen.

According to interior designer Kelly Hoppen, neutral colors will continue to be strong, but will increasingly be complemented by bold prints.

“The way we use our homes has evolved over the last few years, as we appreciate the comfort and warmth of our own spaces, especially as many people still work partially remote or hybrid,” she told Dezeen.

“This will continue to reflect our color choices and so for multifunctional yet homely rooms, calming neutrals will be preferred, including cozy grays to classic beiges and taupes,” added Hoppen.

“That said, bold prints are making a resurgence and the asymmetrical feel in rooms is going to be big. Wallpaper, which is also making a comeback, will be used throughout 2023 decor. For example – textured walls are used as a backdrop for artwork or asymmetrical wallpaper borders used to add contrast.”

Rich and tangible materials to dominate

Tactile, rich materials will be especially popular in the coming year, according to the designers.

“We fancy a ‘multi-sensory palette’,” said Dean.

“The recent pandemic has deprived us of one of our most ‘human’ senses: touch. In response, I feel it will become increasingly important for designers to make use of materials that bring tactility to the interior scheme and to create spaces devise that provokes. an emotion in its users.”

“In the post-pandemic space, the well-being of the end user is being considered more than ever,” agreed interior designer Tola Ojuolape.

“Humble materials and finishes that give rise to a relaxed sophistication will continue to dominate the interior landscape. Lime plaster walls and trim, brick, natural wool will feature.”

Lime plaster walls within the London extension
Humble materials such as lime plaster will be popular. Image is of a London extension by Emil Eve Architects

Meanwhile, a growing appetite for bold designs could see some currently popular materials fall out of favor.

“I think the era of birch plywood may be coming to an end,” Goodrich said. “I believe richer woods such as walnut, cherry and red oak will be seen more in interiors moving forward.”

“Bold, colorful marbles balanced with neutrals will be particularly trendy,” Hoppen predicted. “People will be eating a lot more in 2023, so table tops (especially marble) and dining spaces will make a big comeback – perfect for those who want to entertain.”

Ateliers are also open to working with new materials this year as they strive for more sustainable designs.

“Material makes us excited as a studio,” 2LG said. “Mushrooms are going to become more important. Brands like Mylo Unleather are making headlines and getting us excited about the possibilities that mushrooms offer as an ethical and sustainable alternative to animal skin.”

Mylo mushroom leather
Designers think interior brands will follow fashion houses in using mushroom leather from brands like Mylo

Interior designer Kelly Wearstler agreed, saying, “Sustainability will continue to live at the forefront of all design conversations and innovations. I was very interested in the rise of mushroom leather.”

“This material innovation has already been revolutionary for the fashion industry and offers a sustainable alternative,” she added. “I expect we will continue to see its presence grow within interiors and design.”

Sustainability becomes a “necessity”

Designers are also more focused on sustainability than ever before and wary of greenwashing.

“Sustainability is an evolving topic in the interior space; it will continue into 2023,” Ojuolape predicted.

“Designers will continue to find ways to ensure that this is considered from the beginning and adapted to the life cycle of an interior project.”

“Intentional and deliberate education will continue to ensure resourceful material choices, recycling and reuse of furniture and smart reduction of plastic and waste,” she added.

Tatale restaurant in The Africa Center in London
“Sustainability is an evolving subject,” says Tola Ojuolape, who worked on the interior of the Africa Center

“As we confront ourselves with the ever-increasing issues of energy consumption and global warming, interior design projects will be greatly affected in many aspects,” predicted Japanese designer Keiji Ashizawa.

“I believe projects that trace the context of sustainability will become a necessity, and it will no longer be something that is simply talked about as an idealized concept,” he added.

“I think it’s safe to say we’re all sensitive to greenwashing,” Dean said.

“Designers and clients are both better educated about the impact their work will have on the environment and are moving away from box-ticking certification goals. Instead, the focus is on long-term strategies – waste removal, efficient MEP systems and better construction methodologies. .”

Human connection important after pandemic

The importance of working together as a community was also emphasized by many of the designers Dezeen spoke to.

“Due to the pandemic, we’re all more or less isolated – so what we’re seeing is a longing to really reconnect and interact with the world around us,” said Norm Architects partner Frederik Werner.

“Translate this into the field of interior design – and we see how we as humans seek tactility, sensitivity and natural materials in the constant pursuit of well-being.”

Australia-based designer Danielle Brustman agreed, saying: “There seems to be a sculptural and more organic design trend growing in interior design. There is a return to the soft curve and the use of more organic materials. We are all moved by the covid pandemic and i think people need a bit of care.”

Minimal interiors of forest retreat designed by Norm Architects
Organic and collaborative design will grow after the pandemic. Image is from Forest Retreat by Norm Architects

This theme of community will also play out in the production of design projects, Ashizawa predicts.

“Having experienced the Covid-19 pandemic, I believe there will be more opportunity to reflect on the community – along with the cost of imports and logistics leading to a slower progress of projects,” he said.

“This will spur the expansion of community-based projects that focus on cultural values ​​of local production for local consumption.”

Similarly, Alex Mok of the interior design studio Linehouse believes that the difficulty of the past year will increase the need for collaboration.

“2022 was a difficult year for many countries and cultures, so we look to 2023 with a focus on human connection, authenticity and social interaction,” she told Dezeen.

“We see a greater consideration of the use and purpose of spaces beyond form and instead to activate communities. We hope to see more projects that revitalize existing buildings or connect with local craft.”

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